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Digital Subscriptions > Leisure Painter > Jun-19 > Let’s start with art

Let’s start with art

Part 6 Linda Birch begins her look at water-based media with tips and techniques for painting with watercolour

You will need

Materials for watercolour painting


• A block, book or pad of watercolour paper. I recommend Langton, Bockingford or Cotman paper. There are more expensive papers available, and Waterford is one of my favourites

A small box of watercolours

• Tubes or pans

Watercolour brushes

• Round, No. 14 or 12 and 6 (these can be manmade or real hair)

• Hake medium size (for washes)

• An old shaving brush makes an ideal tool for laying washes


• Palette: an old dinner plate (near white as possible)

• A large pot of water and a roll of toilet tissue (for lifting out)

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter, the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Watercolour highlights include how to paint: a colourful toucan, a complex interior scene, simple flowers and figures. Tim Fisher also begins a six-part series discussing the merits and uses of his favourite colours with a focus on cobalt teal in watercolour this month. Follow nine simple exercises and prompts to develop your painting skills with acrylics and follow a step-by-step demonstration to paint an avocet using heavy-body acrylics. Discover a new style as you paint an acrylic inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s and discover the power of coloured pencils and pen and ink . Plus lots more.